The form of high blood pressure that affects the arteries in the lungs and the right side of the heart is known as pulmonary hypertension. Individuals with pulmonary hypertension would not exhibit any signs and symptoms in the early stages of this disorder but as the disease progresses they could experience fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain and heart palpitations.
HOW IS PULMONARY HYPERTENSION DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Pulmonary Hypertension is done based on your symptoms and review of your family and medical history. Cardiologists may order for diagnostic tests like echocardiogram, chest X-ray, electrocardiogram and right heart catheterization. A pulmonary function test helps diagnose pulmonary damage due to Pulmonary Hypertension
HOW IS PULMONARY HYPERTENSION TREATED?
The treatment for pulmonary hypertension can include oxygen, diuretics, blood thinners, medications that open the pulmonary arteries, and treatments for any underlying disease.
DID YOU KNOW?
Pulmonary hypertension are serious conditions which become progressively worse and can be fatal. Some forms of pulmonary hypertension aren't curable and treatment can help lessen symptoms that improve quality of life.